Junior Brock Mansion has moved ahead of sophomore Beau Sweeney as Cal's backup quarterback, a potentially significant development for next season, when the starting job will be up for grabs among as many as five candidates. With 12 minutes left in Saturday's game against Arizona State and the Bears leading 50-10, it was Mansion, not Sweeney, who replaced Kevin Riley. Mansion is "focused and he's always involved in game-planning," coach Jeff Tedford said. "He understands the offense just fine. The game situation afforded us (the opportunity) to get somebody in, and he played the whole fourth quarter. Brock is an unbelievable team player. He epitomizes a team guy. He always has a great attitude and works hard."
Mansion, who lost ground to Sweeney in training camp, practiced well enough during the first half of the season to persuade Tedford to go with him as Riley's backup.